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Tips on Experiencing Your First Safari

Great Safari Preparations Equals Great Safari Experiences!

Preparations on Clothing

One area that is the main source of devastating safari experiences, is clothing. When you are preparing for a Kenyan safari, it is fundamental that you take careful consideration about the type and style of clothing you carry along.

    • Some of the factors that you should take into account includes the weather patterns of the various safari locations you will visit in Kenya. This is because, different regions across Kenya experience different types of climatic conditions.

  • For instance, down at the Coast, it is extremely hot and humid for the better part of the year. On the other hand, in most parts of Rift Valley and Western provinces the climate is relatively cool with substantial amount of rainfall throughout the year with occasional spells of cold.

Therefore, it is advisable to carry clothes that are suitable for the different safari locations. Some of the clothing that have come in handy for me includes trench coats, shorts, scarfs, t-shirts, denim jeans and one or two pieces of formal wear in case I get invited for official functions during my safari escapades. In addition, being a relatively conservative nation, it is a good idea to tone down on the type of clothes you wear. This is more applicable for female safari enthusiasts

Shoes Preparations

Shoes are particularly important when you are planning to engage in safari walks, game hunting, and mountain climbing and caving adventures. You do not want to go game hunting with your million dollar Gucci shoes or explore caves with your stilettos. They will not only be damaged but also, they can cause you serious leg and bone injuries.

    • Invest in good safari shoes. I have found running shoes to do the trick. This is because they are built for these types of activities. There are assortments of brand of shoes that have stood the test of time such as the Nike Safari running shoes. An avid user of running shoes, they are ideal for walks and jogs and they can effectively withstand the strain of safari adventures.

  • Remember, suitable clothes and good shoes during a safari equals comfort, flexibility and agility in engaging in various safari adventures including game hunting thus, enriching your safari experiences

Preparations for Your Safari Pictures

Since taking an African safari and for this matter a Kenyan safari is a life -long dream, you will need to carry the memories of the safari with you by taking as many pictures as you can. Although there are variety of relatively affordable cameras sold around major towns and cities in Kenya, having your own camera from home is more convenient. This ensures that you not only have the right type of cameras and devices to capture all the exciting safari experiences but also, ensure you have quality photos and videos to store and share with friends.

There is a wide variety of camera brands that you can use during and after your safari.

Preparations For Your Luggage

Loss of luggage is a common occurrence among safari enthusiasts. Most of the time, loss of luggage is caused by poor preparedness.

    • Instead of bringing everything you own on a safari, simply restrict yourself to one or two bags that contains the most essential things. This means investing in quality bags that will ensure your things are safe and in good condition.

  • There are numerous brands of bags that you can invest in depending on your budget, needs and style.

Preparations on Additional Items

When you are on a safari, there are items that you can carry along that enrich your safari experiences. This includes

  • Binocular; to gaze beyond the horizon
  • Compass; to find your way in the Kenyan jungle
  • Flash disk; for additional storage of your photos etc.,
  • Watch; to help you meet your safari itinerary
  • Map; to find your way when in new places

 

Tips to Find Cheap Flights to Kenya

Here are the things I do to get the cheapest air tickets to Kenya for me or my clients.

Tip #1: I Always Check Out Airfare Consolidators For Flights To Kenya From The USA, UK, Canada and Europe

When buying airplane tickets to Kenya you have a choice of airlines (Kenyan Airways, British Airways, Virgin, Ethiopian to name a few). You also have a choice of buying directly from the airline or through one of their wholesalers. These wholesalers are called consolidators. But not all airline consolidators have special deals with airlines that fly to Kenya. So the top tip that I have for finding the lowest price air tickets to Kenya is to check out airline consolidator fares from companies that specialize in flights to Nairobi or Mombasa. These are Kenya’s two international gateway cities. Ask if they have special contracts with airlines like Kenyan Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, South African Airways for example. Sometimes airfare consolidators sell cheap tickets to Kenya directly to the public, when they do you can save a lot by using them – sometimes as much as 70% off of the published airfare for flights to Kenya.

Tip #2: If I Use An Online Airfare Search Engine I Check To See If Airlines That Fly to Kenya Are In Its Database

You can also find cheap tickets to Kenya on your own, without a travel agent. How? By using an airfare search engine. But make sure that the results feature airlines like Kenyan Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, South African Airways and other airlines that focus on Africa. In addition, use a search engine that also includes airfares to Kenya from consolidators as well. This will increase your chances of finding a discount airfare to Kenya.

Tip #3: Check Out Charter Flights for Extremely Cheap Flights To Kenya

To increase your chances of finding cheap flights to Kenya, take a look taking a charter flight to Mombasa or Nairobi. These charter flights are most readily available as part of a package from the UK and to a lesser extent from Italy. The advantage of these packages is that you get a cheap flight and accommodation for a low rate.

If you follow these simple strategies, you will dramatically increase your chances of finding the lowest air ticket prices on flights to Kenya Africa no matter what the season!

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Finding The Best Kenya Beach Hotels

Leisure Lodge Resort

Leisure Lodge Resort the pearl on the Kenyan coast, directly situated at the fantastic Diani Beach with a breath- taking sea panorama! Romantic paths descend between colorful exotic bougainvillea to the white beach and aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean. An 18-hole champion chip golf course responds to the high demands of an international clientèles (guests of Leisure Lodge Resorts profit of special conditions).

104 Superior rooms at Bahari Wing (sea side), 93 Bustani club rooms, 16 Oasis villa rooms and 4 suites offer accommodation for every taste and expectation. All rooms are furnished tastefully with bath or shower, hairdryer, air-conditioning, safe (included in the arrangement). The club rooms are more spacious and comfortable and offer, in addition, a mini bar and tea/coffee making facilities. 4-6 Oasis villa rooms share a small private pool Bahari as well as Bustani Wing offer each 2 pools, a Beach bar, Swim-up pool bar and hotel bar, a sports bar at the hotel side, as well as an executive lounge bar at the club. Club guests can use all facilities of the Leisure Lodge hotel. Beside extensive buffets or menus, gourmets will get to like the à-la-carte restaurants “Cascadas” with Mediterranean cuisine and “Fisherman’s Cove” with sea food and Japanese specialties (Tepanyaki, Sushi and Sashimi).

Those ones keen on sport Leisure Lodge Resort offers 2 tennis courts (floodlight against fee), Beach volleyball, water gymnastics and free golf introductions. The diving center “Diving the Crab” offers several diving packages for beginners and advanced divers as well as deep-sea fishing. And kids will be taken car for at the Jambo Junior Kid’s club. Entertainment with live music, acrobats, folklore dance or fashion shows or a visit at the casino completes an enjoyable day at Leisure Lodge Resort. A popular first class hotel with many repeat guests.

Jadini Beach Hotel

Most of the 160 air-conditioned rooms are situated in the hotels three-storey building and a few are in garden cottages. All have adjoining bathrooms, balcony or terrace, and are equipped with telephone, individually controlled music and radio, and mini bar. Some larger rooms have no balconies. Facilities include three restaurants and bars, café and ice-cream bar, 3 shops, kiddy club, safe deposit, disco club, and TV lounge.

Kaskasi Hotel, Diani Beach

Kaskazi Beach Hotel prides itself with being an internationally recognized property for its excellence in service and reputation. The hotel is located on lush tropical grounds filled with colorful botanical and tall coconut trees. 191 air-conditioned standard rooms all with sea view from the balcony or terrace and ensuite with shower or bathtub, Interconnecting rooms for family holidays and optional addition of a third bed or baby cot, Mini-bars and safes available.

Shimoni Reef Hotel

Shimoni Reef Hotel lies on the tip of Pemba Channel, part of a large bay making up the Shimoni archipelago and is very oriented towards ocean sports and island discovering.
It is made up of 47 open plan cottages, all with ocean view and private verandas. The rooms are 2 levels and can accommodate 4 persons. A seawater swimming pool made up of multi levels is ideal for kids and diving tuition. Fresh seafood and other exotic delicacies are served in the open-air terrace restaurant.

 

How to Choose a Destination for Luxury Safari Vacation

Luxury Safari Destinations

There are so many destinations to choose from for your luxury safari vacation that it may seem confusing and difficult to pick a place. You can find the right destination for you by discussing with an experienced tour operator and carrying out some thorough research. Let’s take a look at some popular destinations as well as some slightly less well known but equally picturesque choices for your luxury safari trip.

Botswana and Tanzania

Tanzania is the largest country in the East Africa and is one of those gem countries that has plenty to offer those seeking an unforgettable luxury safari experience. The wildlife on offer is spectacular with the country playing host to the second largest number of bird species in the world as well as the largest mammal population. And of course Tanzania is home to Africa’s tallest mountain Mount Kilimanjaro. But that’s not all, the fourth natural wonder of the world, the Ngorongoro Crater is also in Tanzania as well as the Serengeti National Park and Oldoinyo Lengai, Tanzania’s only active volcano. Then why not try the stunning beaches of Zanzibar as the perfect way to relax at the end of your luxury safari. Another great choice would be the relatively un-spoilt and sparsely populated destination of Botswana. Dominated by the Kalhari desert, Okavango, Linyanti and Makgadikgadi are three of the best places to visit in the country. The Chobe National Park is another must see, especially because of its  wide variety of elephants and its close proximity to Victoria Falls. There are also opportunities to take boat rides or even flights to get a better view of the wildlife such as hippos. It’s also a destination that is perfect for a luxury safari visit at any time of the year. There are also the  countries of Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Namibia to choose from too.

Popular Luxury Safari Destinations

Tanzania may be slightly more off the beaten track for a first time luxury safari vacationer but there are many more popular destinations you may want to consider. South Africa is a well-known destination that is suitable for inexperienced holidaymakers, with it being a direct flight from the US and offering many malaria free areas to stay. Then there is Kenya, which is home to the spectacular wildebeest migration and plenty of magnificent scenery and wildlife.  One thing is for sure, you will be spoilt for choice for yourluxury safari destination.